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Hairspray

John Waters | 1988 | 92 MINS
USA
‘Hairspray’ is perhaps John Waters' most accessible film, and as such, it's a gently subversive slice of retro hilarity.

In Detail

Divine, Ricki Lake, Sonny Bono and Debbie Harry star in this musical comedy set in 1960s Baltimore.

Overweight teenager Tracy Turnblad's (Lake) dreams come true when she becomes the newest star on a television dance program. She is soon the most popular dancer and finds herself the focus of some dirty tricks at the hands of rival Amber Von Tussle (Colleen Fitzpatrick) and her pushy parents. Waters tones down his usual excesses, but his mischievous black sense of humour is still very much to the fore in this affectionate salute to Z-grade teen movies.

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